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Making milk powder

Basically, to make milk powder, you need to remove the water content from the liquid milk and turn it into powder. How to do it? After pasteurizing and homogenizing the milk, milk’s water content is removed through filtration, evaporation, and drying. You have then to cool and sieve it before filling the containers. Here’s how you get milk powder.

Which milk powder equipment do you need?

Inline batch mixer for solids and liquids

Inline batch mixer for solids and liquids

Several issues often arise when your process requires batch-wise mixing of powder…

Intelligent Continuous Food Cartoner

Intelligent Continuous Food Cartoner

Fully automated robotic packing solutions enable larger-scale food producers to pack al…

MPAC Vento_i

High-speed Cartoner For Single-Serve Products

Large-volume producers of single-serve packs, such as sugar sticks, instant c…

Somsix Modified Atmosphere Big Bags

Modified Atmosphere Big Bags

Manufacturers requiring big bag packaging have specific sizes, shapes, and material requirements…

Sensor for Modified Atmosphere FIBCs

Sensor for Modified Atmosphere FIBCs

Every year, more than 200 million FIBCs are filled with food for storage and transport.…

Automatic FIBC Sealing machine

Automatic FIBC Sealing machine

When sealing large bags containing bulk products, a sealer must be reliable to keep the MAP sa…

Vacuum and Gas Injection System for FIBCs

Vacuum and Gas Injection System for FIBCs

Products packed in large bulk bags, such as FIBCs, require vacuum pressure and ac…

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Pilot plant homogeniser

Pilot plant homogeniser

From food to pharma, homogenization is an essential step in the production process that provides unifo…

High speed can seamer

High speed can seamer

Tin plate thickness for cans has gradually reduced over the years, which makes it a hassle to use new ca…

Medium scale round can seamer

Medium scale round can seamer

Automatic seaming of cans of craft bear can be quite the hassle with the movement from the cent…

Semi-manual can sealer

Semi-manual can sealer

When starting out in the canned product business, you do not necessary want to invest in industrial sca…

Ionized air system for cleaning of baby food cans       

Ionized air system for cleaning of baby food cans       

When producing canned food products, especially those for infants…

Can filling equipment

Can filling equipment

Having separate equipment for different process steps like filling and closing, can put a brake on growi…

Seaming machine for infant formula cans

Seaming machine for infant formula cans

Packaging of food products, but especially those for babies, like infant formula, is…

Wraparound case packer

Wraparound case packer

Packaging companies need to pay attention to personalization in shape and design in addition to the att…

Entry-level high volume package seal tester

Entry-level high volume package seal tester

Manufactured food products need to be packed in gas-filled pouches to ensure th…

Flash drying grinder for powders

Flash drying grinder for powders

Drying and grinding can be an important feature when trying to process products such as raw …

Milling and drying machine for fine powders

Milling and drying machine for fine powders

When you need to produce ultra-fine powders, the milling and drying process emp…

Hygienic floor scale

Hygienic floor scale

The food and pharmaceutical industries require maintaining high levels of sanitations as well as logistic…

Hygienic floor scale with lifting device

Hygienic floor scale with lifting device

The food and pharmaceutical industries require maintaining high levels of sanitatio…

Economical Pouch Packaging Machine

Economical Pouch Packaging Machine

The side gusset pouch is a popular packaging solution for medium formats, particularly fo…

Dairy Packaging Machine

Dairy Packaging Machine

The use of sachets and pouches for powdered or shredded dairy products is an increasingly popular form…

Tumbler sieve for classifying and dedusting granular materials

Tumbler sieve for classifying and dedusting granular materials

For the classification of delicate granular material, scre…

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High volume particles separation sieve

High volume particles separation sieve

For large scale production processes in the chemicals or food industries that require…

Multifrequency sieve for separation of difficult particles

Multifrequency sieve for separation of difficult particles

Separating particles in difficult-to-process materials for pro…

High pressure air powered laboratory homogenizer

High pressure air powered laboratory homogenizer

Offering lab-scale to small pharmaceutical production scale output for in …

High pressure pilot homogenizer

High pressure pilot homogenizer

Biotech and pharmaceutical development programs often require a mixing method that achieves b…

Can seamer for food products

Can seamer for food products

Flexible can seaming equipment is required to adapt for product-specific variations in food cann…

High performance can seamers for the food industry

High performance can seamers for the food industry

The wide variation of materials and dimensions used in the food canning…

Feeder with flexible wall hopper

Feeder with flexible wall hopper

The varying properties of dry powder products mean that specialized feeders are required for…

Two-way flap type diverter valve

Two-way flap type diverter valve

Routing powder, pellets or granules from a product source to two receiving points must be do…

Dual channel plug diverter valve

Dual channel plug diverter valve

Short switching times are often required when diverting or combining powder or granular soli…

Food vacuum conveyor

Food vacuum conveyor

Widely used in industries where a high rating in food quality is imperative.

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Milk powder processing – From liquid to powder

Milk is 87% water. The idea of turning raw milk from liquid to powder form relies heavily on removing water content from milk. This involves three processes: filtration, evaporation, and drying

In filtration, milk passes through filters that have special membranes that let water pass through. This stage removes about 60 percent of the water content. The filtered milk then goes through the evaporator which heats it to remove an additional 25% water content. And finally, the processed milk goes to the dryer, in which it is injected at high pressure in a chamber with hot air that rapidly removes the remaining moisture. At this point, the fluidized bed dryer cools the milk powder and after sieving it, it goes to a filling machine for packaging.

Powdered milk in other food production and applications

Powdered milk has more applications than you might think; from infant formula to chocolates and other baked goods like sweets and desserts, you can use milk powder as a flavoring or to create a creamy texture in some food recipes. Using it as an ingredient, you can create condensed milk, evaporated milk, coffee creamer, whipped toppings, yoghurts, cottage cheese, pastries, cookies, etc. This solid form of concentrated milk is widely used in homemade applications as well as in the baking industry.

Did you know that it can also be used to create a facial mask and other soothing skin treatments? Scoop a bowl of milk powder and add enough water to make a thick paste. With clean hands, apply the paste to your face. Let it dry, then rinse it off for soft smooth skin. It can also soothe insect bites and other skin irritations.

Storage and shelf life that makes the difference

Milk powder is known to have a longer shelf life than liquid milk. That’s because, for microorganisms to grow, a minimum amount of water in an environment is necessary. Since liquid milk has more water, it will have more microbial growth. During milk powder processing, dehydration processes remove the water content, so powdered milk will have less microbial growth. Actually, if stored properly, milk powder has a shelf life of more than one year.

Choosing cans for packaging infant milk powder

Packaging of milk powder comes in different types of containers. You can choose between pouches or cans depending on the application. For example, infant milk powder is packed in cans.
The cans are mostly filled with nitrogen to minimize the amount of oxygen inside. This helps prolong shelf life as excessive oxygen can deteriorate the quality of milk powder. After filling, the seaming machine uses two layers for sealing. Inner layer completely seals the milk powder by metal foil or lid, and the outer layer is a plastic cover.

Processing steps involved in milk-powder making

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